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Seahawks' Percy Harvin hopes to make impact in Super Bowl

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) catches

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) catches the football during warmup drills before practice in Renton, Wash. (Jan. 23, 2014) Credit: AP

RENTON, Wash. -- Percy Harvin has played in only two games and caught four passes this season. He underwent hip surgery in July and had to sit out last week's NFC Championship Game with a concussion. It's been a disappointing year for one of the Seahawks' big offseason acquisitions, who was obtained from the Vikings in exchange for a first-rounder and two other picks and then signed a six-year, $67-million contract.

But there still is time to make it all worthwhile.

Harvin can provide the kind of impact the Seahawks envisioned when he faces the Broncos in the Super Bowl. His hip is fine, he said. His concussion cleared.

All that's left to recover from is the frustration of the season. And that could come with a single play a week from Sunday.

Harvin is looking at the bigger picture, though.

"I'm trying to go out there and win a Super Bowl," he said. "I'm not trying to save [my season] or be a hero or do anything. I'm going out there to prepare to play a game the way I know how to play it."

If he can, it would add a new dimension to the Seahawks, both on offense and special teams, if he returns kicks and punts. "Last year when we prepared for Percy, there are just so many things you have to look for from a guy like him," Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor said of the 2012 game against the Vikings. "He's a guy who can be in the backfield, he can be split out at receiver, there are a lot of different ways you can use him."

But the Seahawks have hardly had the chance to use him at all.

"This whole year watching every single game was frustrating," Harvin said. "But having great teammates and great coaches, it was good to be on the sideline and watch those guys perform. Guys like Doug [Baldwin] and [Jermaine] Kearse, to watch those guys perform, it was good."

Those players have managed to keep the receiving group afloat without Harvin and Sidney Rice, another star target who was put on injured reserve with a torn ACL. Baldwin and Kearse made key plays in the NFC Championship Game even though some analysts look down upon them because they were undrafted players.

"To me, I think that's a ridiculous statement because you can go down the list of all the guys who have been undrafted or picked up in later rounds," Baldwin said. "For instance, [fourth-round pick] Richard Sherman. Or at the same position [as me], Victor Cruz going undrafted and now being one of the most dominant receivers in the game."

The lack of pedigree among the Seattle receivers is sure to remain a topic all week. Having Harvin, a former first-round pick and star player available, should diffuse some of those questions and criticisms.

Harvin caught three passes against the Saints before he was knocked out of the NFC divisional playoff game with a concussion. "I really don't know if I was the exact same as I was in Minnesota," he said of his physical level in that game. "I felt pretty good, good enough to play in a football game. I'll leave it at that."

If he's good enough to play in this upcoming one, too, he might just be able to overshadow the previous 18.

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